Ignite Emporia announced on Tuesday afternoon that it will work in partnership with the skills development program at Center on Rural Innovation’s Future is Digital Challenge to deliver high-demand digital professional training to 20 people in the Emporia community.
Emporia has been selected by CORI to be part of the program, which is funded by a grant from Microsoft and will provide participants with professional skills coaching in one of three streams: digital marketing, project management, or sales representation.
“It’s open to the general public, to anyone who wants to add this to their plate for Spring 2022,” said Rob Gilligan, Director of Ignite Emporia. “It’s a great way to develop their skills and resume and move on to other workforce development opportunities. “
Each career path is “an asynchronous online learning platform via LinkedIn learning,” according to Gilligan, and is divided into eight modules. The tracks are each assigned to two facilitators, who are industry professionals, to interact virtually with the students.
“(The facilitators) will then work with the students in groups and discussions to say, ‘How do we take these learning modules and then apply them to real-world skills? “How do we take that learning to the next level and talk about real world experiences that they can place within the workforce for their skills development?” Said Gilligan. “It’s really a blended model, which we think is a great strategy for involving students in the program, but also for making that learning applicable to the work they are currently doing or the type of work they want to do. “
The program starts in February and those interested can apply to https://bit.ly/fid-ad. Seats will be filled based on the date of each person’s candidacy.
Gilligan said that providing this opportunity is part of Ignite Emporia’s workforce development goal and that digital job skills training is in high demand these days.
“One of the things that we have seen in particular in the last two years of the pandemic is the need to develop digital skills for remote working and to better use and understand digital tools,” said Gilligan. “… Understanding them and using them more effectively can be beneficial both for our workforce in the community to make them more competitive for jobs, but also for our employers in the community who may have employees who have the skills. ability to be qualified to hire new Tasks. “
Anyone with further questions can contact Gilligan by calling the Emporia Region Chamber of Commerce office at 620-342-1600 or emailing them at [email protected]